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‘Dante’ re-enters PAR, storm death toll climbs to 6

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Cyclone Dante veered back into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and weakened into a Tropical Depression on Friday as it left six people dead, local disaster officials said.  

‘Dante’ re-enters PAR, storm death toll climbs to 6
DANTE'S AFTERMATH. Heavy rains induced by tropical storm Dante, which has re-entered the Philippine Area of Responsiblity after hitting land 11 times, leave tons of garbage washing ashore at the Baseco portion of Manila Bay. Maintenance workers are quick to collect the trash. Norman Cruz

In its 5pm bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of Dante was spotted 210km west northwest of Basco, Batanes.

The cyclone (international name Choi-wan) carried maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center with gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

It was moving northeastward at 20 km/h and forecast to move outside the PAR anew at 2pm Saturday as it continued to climb toward Taiwan.  

The death toll in the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante has reached six, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Friday.

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In its update, the agency said deaths from the storm include one from Western  Visayas, one from Central Visayas, two from Davao Region, and two  from Soccsksargen.

Meanwhile, the number of injured was placed at two, both reported in the Davao Region.

Three were reported missing—two in Eastern Visayas and one in Davao Region. The NDRRMC added that search-and-rescue operations are still ongoing for  three missing persons.

It added that all casualty figures are subject for verification and validation.

Families affected by ‘Dante’ were placed at 12,260 or 55,226 persons residing  in 177 barangays in Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and Caraga.

Of this figure, 4,439 families or around 16,680 individuals are being sheltered in 140 evacuation centers.

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